Dr Ramesh Sancheti, a Pune based resident fostered a dog sixteen years ago, and when the 65-year-old suffered a partial paralytic attack and a minor cardiac arrest, it was the same dog, Brownie, who came to his rescue.

Even though Brownie is really weak and old, but its senses have only grown sharper over the years.

Shah, who along with Dr Sancheti had been taking care of the canine on Wednesday 23 January 2019, around 12.30 pm came out to feed Brownie as usual, but the dog refused to eat.

Speaking to the Pune Mirror, he said, “She kept raising up with difficulty and placing her front legs on the window, looking inside. Initially, I was quite confused, but when I went nearer, a gap in the window revealed to me that the doctor had collapsed on the floor. I immediately swung into action.”

“Her senses made her aware of sounds of heavy breathing and [Sancheti’s] collapse despite not being inside the house,” Shah explains, adding that “Canines also have an extremely advanced sense of smell. All credit goes to her loyalty. Without her timely warning, people would have known too late. The precious time needed for urgent treatment to save his life would have been lost.”

Shah broke the window pane and opened the lock, further called the neighbours for help and rushed Sancheti to Poona Hospital. As of now, Sancheti is out of danger is now undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU).

“I live in Bavdhan (about 10 km from Dr Sancheti’s house) for professional reasons, and my mother was out of town on Wednesday. It was only the dog who alerted Shah and saved my father’s life,” said, Amit Sancheti.

Not only Dr Sancheti helped find Brownie a home, but a few years back helped Brownie recover from a terrible ailment when she was about 14 years old. Truly, humans’ best friends!

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